Legendary traveler and storyteller, famous for his guidebooks


Volothamp Geddarm, or Volo for short, is a legendary traveler and storyteller, and was most famous for his guidebooks.

He is oft portrayed as the quintessential “go-to guy” of the Realms even if his information is, at best, half-accurate. He is also said to be too curious for his own good.

As travelling scholar and minor wizard, Volo was always on the lookout for an exposé. He all too frequently was at odds with the archmage Elminster, who preferred some things to be kept in the dark.

At some point before 1385 DR, Volo was trapped by an imprisonment spell and was released only after a century passed, some time after 1482 DR. Upon his return, he was informed by Elminster about the events of the Spellplague and the Second Sundering.

When he isn’t’ traveling abroad, Volo can be found enjoying the taverns and festhalls of Waterdeep. He is currently on tour at the city’s leading taverns to sell his latest books: Volo’s Guide to Monsters and Volo’s Waterdeep Enchiridion, a chapbook updating Volo’s Guide to Waterdeep to the changes of the latest century.

Notable Works
Volo’s Guide to All Things Magical: First notable work. Written c. 1356 DR with a reprint (with the help of Elminster) published in 1367 DR.
Volo’s Guide to the Bloodstone Lands: Unreleased. Written between 1360 and 1362 DR.
Volo’s Guide to Calimport: Notes and a copy of an old draft can be found in Candlekeep, all final drafts were destroyed by Calishite pashas or Rundeen agents. Written between 1364 and 1365 DR.
Volo’s Guide to Cormyr: Written between 1367 and 1368 DR.
Volo’s Guide to the Dalelands: Written between 1368 and 1369 DR.
Volo’s Guide to the Frozenfar: Written in 1364 DR.
Volo’s Guide to Good Rulership: Written in 1377 DR.
Volo’s Guide to the Lands of Intrigue: Written in 1369 DR with an abridged version (which was much more widely distributed) released by Elminster the next year.
Volo’s Guide to the Moonsea: Unreleased. Extant copies were suppressed by the Zhentarim. Written between 1357 and 1358 DR.
Volo’s Guide to the North: Written between 1365 and 1366 DR.
Volo’s Guide to Rhyming Incantations: Written in 1371 DR.
Volo’s Guide to the Sword Coast: Written between 1366 and 1367 DR.
Volo’s Guide to the Vast: Unreleased. Original owned by a resident of Ravens Bluff. Written between 1358 and 1360 DR.
Volo’s Guide to Waterdeep: Written between 1363 and 1365 DR.
Volo’s Guide to Westgate & the Dragon Coast: Commissioned work. Original held by a noble of Yhaunn. Written between 1362 and 1363 DR.
Volo’s Complete Guide to the Behavior of Nymphs: A reluctantly unpublished work, deemed “too naughty” by Elminster.
Volo’s Guide to Monsters: A treatise on monster lore, with annotations and comments by Elminster. Sometime in the late 1480s or early 1490s DR, Volo sold autographed hardcover copies to travelers and nobles in Port Nyanzaru for 50 gp.
Volo’s Waterdeep Enchiridion: A chapbook designed to be a visitor’s guide to Waterdeep. It was expected to serve the reader until Volo’s Guide to Waterdeep, long out of print, was updated and re-released.
Volo’s Guide to Spirits and Specters: An unfinished book that lacked information about substantial information about supernatural beings.
On Goblins: My Life Among the Conquering Host: An all-encompassing guide to goblin society.
Dungeonology: An adventurer’s guide to adventuring.


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